Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC

Our mission is to reveal leadership through service, relationships, and action at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.

Operating as usual


As you may have guessed by now, we’re no longer going to Chicago this spring break. Sorry for the late communication. We would like to thank everyone for their input and energy.

Ever since the 2020 trip and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nobody knew for sure when STLF would resume Pay It Forward Tours. We really hoped that this would be the year it happened. However, we weren’t able to put everything together in time.

Although we didn’t meet our goal of a PIFT, we’re encouraged by the progress we did make. The planning phase will be more straightforward next time, with the knowledge and momentum we’ve gained.

Based on how close we came to succeeding in the time we had, we know that a comeback tour is possible. We just need to return to a more reasonable time frame. Later this semester, we’ll start gearing up for PIFT 2024.

We also learned it was still possible to recruit outstanding Bus Core members, even without drawing from the pool of previous trip attendees. The old-timers of this crew want to express our immense gratitude to this year’s Bus Core.

For the next couple months, we plan to focus on community and service in the Twin Cities, and on building our membership. Stay tuned for updates!

We truly hope you have a fun and restful spring break, and that you will join us for upcoming meetings and events.


We’re at the Spring Activities Fair, in the Memorial Union Great Hall, until 1:10 pm today. Come talk to us to learn more about our upcoming Chicago Pay It Forward Tour!


At long last, we’re officially announcing our destination city! For 2023, STLF will travel to a toddlin’ town that goes by many names: the Second City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi-town, the Windy City, and … CHICAGO, IL!

Craving deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style hot dogs? Want to take a selfie with “The Bean”? Then keep an eye out for when we open registration, toward the beginning of spring semester. “Bet your bottom dollar, you’ll lose the blues in Chicago, Chicago!”


Congrats on the end of the semester, everyone!

For our last day of clues, we’ve made a bit of a … scavenger hunt? It’s likely a very quick scavenger hunt, though. We weren’t subtle.

HINTS #4 and #5 are hiding in plain sight on our Twitter profile,


Another day closer to the reveal!

HINT #3: Only three rivers in the world are known to have permanently reversed direction, and only one of them did so because of humans. That last river runs through this city.

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 12/21/2022

Sure, you ~could~ just use these hints to find the city online, but where’s the fun in that? Patience, my friends ... all will be revealed in time.

HINT #2: According to historical accounts from European explorers, our destination city is named after a wild, edible plant (Allium tricoccum) similar to onions or garlic. Specifically, the name comes from the French rendering of the Myaamia word for the plant.

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 09/03/2022

Our usual display board is MIA, so we needed a replacement. We decided to go the handmade route this year! Freshmen and transfer students will get to see our new board in action at Explore U tomorrow: Huntington Bank Stadium, 1-4 p.m.


Take a study break and come chill with STLF! Hot chocolate and cookie decorating supplies will be provided🍪🎄☕ We hope to see you there!

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 11/24/2021

Thank you to all of the generous donations for our little libraries! All of the proceeds went to non-perishable food donated to Loaves and Fishes in addition to soap and menstrual products donated to homeless camps!


STLF is holding a bake sale! The money we raise will go toward keeping the organization running, as well as scholarships for our upcoming Pay It Forward Tour to Salt Lake City. Catch us in front of the Memorial Union anytime from now to 2:30!

Chocolate chip cookies $3
Cake pops $3
Brownies $2
Vegan muffins $2
Oreo balls $1

All of the treats are nut-free. We accept cash (exact change only) or Venmo.



The event is moved to Appleby 223 due to the weather! There will still be pizza and s'mores!


Come sit around the camp fire with STLF! There will be s’mores and pizza provided😋🍕🔥


STLF is filling up the little libraries with the above items around Minneapolis!!While we are not asking for food donations, we would appreciate anything you could contribute to our venmo to help offset costs☺️


Whether you’re familiar with STLF or are checking us out for the first time, we’d love to see you at our open house this Thursday! It’ll be a laid-back hangout with outdoor activities, plus free cookies and ice cream sandwiches 😋


Want to learn more about STLF? Swing by our table at the UMN Activity Fair for the scoop, plus some free candy! (Not in a creepy way, we promise 😉) If you can’t make it, you can still check out our informational poster at


🗣Calling all freshman and transfer students!! Come check us out at ExploreU on Saturday, September 4th🤠 We’ll be stationed at table 195! Can’t wait to see y’all there🤩


Last STLF event for the school year!! We picked up trash on multiple areas of campus and finished with some KungFu & Insomnia ☺️ Huge thank you to everyone who helped today!!


We’ve extended the deadline to apply for a leadership position!! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to shape the future of STLF!

Link to apply:


Before finals begin, destress with STLF! We're hosting a destress event to help relax and reset before finals week starts! Activities are listed below and GIFT CARDS will be given out! Hope to see you there!!

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 03/23/2021

Want to shape the future of STLF, gain leadership skills, and make amazing memories?

Keep an eye out for Bus + Chapter Core applications opening up NEXT Monday the 29th! 👀🥳

For now, enjoy photos of previous Pay It Forward tours. :)

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 02/10/2021

Lil update on our Valentine's Care Packages! We got them all suited up and shipped out yesterday! 💓🍫

What a fun way to show someone you care!! We hope you enjoy them 🥰

Photos from Students Today Leaders Forever UMTC's post 02/06/2021

For our January volunteer event we paired up with & made 27 tie blankets for children at Children’s Masonic! 🌅

Thank you so much to all the students who took time out of their days to make these blankets!

We held a zoom session to jam out and make them together. 😎🤟


After you woo your boo with a sweet care package, come to speed "dating" to meet new people and have a fun time!! Can't wait to see you there!


EVENT THIS WEEK!! You may remember this from last semester but it’s back! This THURSDAY get your craft on with STLF!!

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Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF)

Our Story:

In 2003, four University of Minnesota freshmen in Territorial Hall were deciding upon their spring break plans for the year when they came up with an idea. Instead of going on a traditional trip to a beach for the year, they wanted to do something that would give back to the community. They decided to go on a road trip on a bus across the country, stopping at a different city every day to volunteer in. Over 30 students decided to join them and that year the first Pay It Forward tour was sent out. It was a massive success and led to the creation of the club Students Today, Leaders Forever.

Since then, more than a hundred different Pay It Forward Tours have occurred, sending out thousands of students on buses to different locations to volunteer in and creating lasting friendships and memories. The STLF program has expanded throughout the country into different colleges and high schools. We are the founding chapter at the University of Minnesota, and we offer many volunteer and social activities throughout the year in the Twin Cities area, allowing students to both give back and develop relationships within the community.

All of this culminates in our annual Pay It Forward spring break tour, where 40+ students will travel the country on a bus and volunteer at several locations, just like students did in 2003. Recent locations and stops have included Mount Rushmore, Denver, the Rocky Mountains, Nashville, Atlanta and much more. Through the trip students are able to travel the country, create meaningful friendships and bonds, as well as pay it forward through their acts of service. There’s a reason the Pay It Forward tour is a tradition that has lasted nearly two decades now. There’s nothing quite like it.

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